Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27866
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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa (Greetings, Greetings, Greetings to you all).
As it is quite a long time since we last used a Maori greeting here, we thought we would re-use this formal greeting that is often used as the opening line of an oration given on a marae.
We don’t need to play the game of “guess the setter” on a Wednesday. We know it is going to be Jay and we know it is going to be fun. Today we had to work quite a lot harder than usual too.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
6a Guess what Boycott used to make a comeback (4)
STAB : Reverse the implements that Sir Geoffrey used in his playing days.
9a Stains must be linked of course (3-4)
TIE-DYES : The answer is a verb and split 4,3 gives a word meaning linked or laced together and one meaning ‘of course’.
10a Join search at home with energy (7)
COMBINE : String together a word meaning to search intensely, the usual ‘at home’ and E(nergy).
12a Plausible criminal indulges voter (6-7)
SILVER-TONGUED : An anagram (criminal) of INDULGES VOTER.
14a Need a tip off when there’s little difference, in the main (4,4)
NEAP TIDE : An anagram (off) of NEED A TIP. The main here has its maritime meaning.
15a Perhaps mother should have time for runs? It’s evident (6)
PATENT : Start with what a mother (or father) is an example of and replace its R(uns) with T(ime).
17a Call back in case of rapid decision from judge? (6)
REMAND : The case of rapid is its first and last letters. This surrounds a word meaning to call or identify written backwards.
19a Occasional point in competition at the outset (8)
PERIODIC : A word meaning a point or a full stop in America is followed by the first letters of in and competition.
21a Messenger from inspector’s area added condition (8,5)
DISPATCH-RIDER : A Detective Inspector’s abbreviation and the area in which he/she works is followed by an added condition on a legal document.
25a Ghoulish hack driven across Hackney? (7)
MACABRE : A word for a female horse surrounds what a hackney is a type of.
26a Drink is good, say, regularly (4)
SODA : Alternate letters found within the words of the clue.
27a Rest, guys — no rampaging kids! (10)
YOUNGSTERS : An anagram (rampaging) of REST GUYS NO.
1d Close up, there’s loads (4)
POTS : The reversal of a word meaning to close or put an end to.
2d Capital area otherwise absorbed by endless talk (7)
CHELSEA : A four letter synonym for otherwise is included in a word for talk without its last letter.
4d Freezes disbursals, including American (8)
SUSPENDS : The abbreviation for United States is inside a word for dispersals of money.
7d Almost attempted to hog only commendation (7)
TRIBUTE : Take a word meaning attempted, drop its last letter and include a word meaning only. (Perhaps hog as an inclusion indicator might be stretching it a bit?).
8d Tired backs ordered this with Italian meal (10)
BREADSTICK : An anagram (ordered) of TIRED BACKS. The Italian name would be ‘grissino’.
13d Presents discounter ordered? (10)
INTRODUCES : The answer is a verb and is an anagram (ordered) of DISCOUNTER.
18d Crazy about island, give out false information (7)
MISLEAD : A shorter word for an island is inside a word meaning crazy.
20d Denim underwear, initially, right fit and hard-wearing (7)
DURABLE : The first letters of denim and underwear, then R(ight) and a word for fit or competent.
22d Load vehicle and set off (5)
CARGO : String together a three letter vehicle and a two letter word for depart.
23d Runs security check on retired servicemen (4)
VETS : A double definition, the second is mainly used in the United States for returned soldiers.
1a was our last answer in and caused much beak scratching so gets our vote for favourite.
Quickie pun canny + stairs = canisters